The University of Cambodia Honors Dr. Tony Fernandes of AirAsia

May 19, 2017

The University of Cambodia named its Business School in honor of Dr. Tony Fernandes, AirAsia Group CEO

by AirAsia Press Release


The University of Cambodia (UC) has named its business school after AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes. UC unveiled the Tony Fernandes School of Business and its accompanying logo on the eighth floor of the main campus building last Wednesday.

A lecture hall in the same building, which will be used for hosting conferences, workshops and seminars, was also christened after AirAsia. Fernandes had earlier been conferred an Honorary Doctorate in Management by the university at SEATV Auditorium here for revolutionising air travel in ASEAN and facilitating regional integration through greater connectivity.

The University of Cambodia Founder, Chairman, Board of Trustees, and President HE Dr Kao Kim Hourn said, “It is a privilege to name this school after Tony, in honour of his outstanding success as an entrepreneur. What makes him truly exceptional is that, despite his many achievements, he remains humble and down-to-earth, demonstrating compassion for others through his philanthropy and support for sports. We hope that by bringing Cambodia and Malaysia closer, we can further strengthen the fraternal relations between our two countries in years to come.”


AirAsia Group CEO Tan Sri Tony Fernandes said, “What an amazing honour to be recognised by The University of Cambodia. I’m not sure I deserve to have a school named after me but I hope the students here will be inspired by what they can achieve if they believe the unbelievable, dream the impossible and never take no for an answer.”

AirAsia operates five routes to Phnom Penh and Siem Reap – with a sixth to Sihanoukville from next month – connecting Cambodia to the rest of Asean and beyond with just one stop via Kuala Lumpur or Bangkok to more than 120 destinations in Asia, Australia and New Zealand, the Middle East and the US. The University of Cambodia School of Business was ranked as Cambodia’s top business school in the Eduniversal Business Schools Ranking 2016, which rated it as a “good business school with strong regional influence”.

About The University of Cambodia


Since its founding in 2003, The University of Cambodia (UC) has become a premier higher education institution in Cambodia. It is an intellectual community where students learn how to explore their curiosities, create and share knowledge, refine and challenge ideas, promote greater understanding, and serve their families and communities. Based in Phnom Penh, The University of Cambodia offers a range of degrees through Associate’s, Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral programmes. All Colleges and Schools are officially recognized by the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC), the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport (MoEYS), and the Accreditation Committee of Cambodia (ACC). UC is also a member of the Cambodian Higher Education Association (CHEA). Currently, the University operates six colleges and two schools, including the Tony Fernandes School of Business, and offers students the choice to study in two languages, English and Khmer.

About AirAsia

AirAsia, the leading and largest low-cost carrier in Asia by passengers carried, services an extensive network of over 120 2000px-AirAsia_New_Logo.svgdestinations. Since starting operations in 2001, AirAsia has carried more than 330 million guests and grown its fleet from just two aircraft to over 200. The airline is proud to be a truly ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) airline with established operations based in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines as well as India and Japan, servicing a network stretching across Asia, Australia and New Zealand, the Middle East and the US. AirAsia has been named the World’s Best Low-Cost Airline at the annual Skytrax World Airline Awards eight times in a row from 2009 to 2016. AirAsia was also awarded World’s Leading Low-Cost Airline for the fourth consecutive year at the 2016 World Travel Awards, where it beat a field of full-service carriers to become the first ever low-cost carrier to win World’s Leading Inflight Service.







GWSB Dean Linda Livingstone named President, Baylor University, Waco, Texas

April 19, 2017

GWSB Dean Linda Livingstone named President of Baylor University

Linda Livingstone returns to the Waco, Texas, university where her professional academic career began.

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Dean LInda Livingstone and Din Merican met in June, 2016 at George Washington School of Business, The George Washington University, Washington D.C.

April 18, 2017

George Washington University School of Business Dean Linda Livingstone was named Tuesday as president of Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Dr. Livingstone will leave GW after the end of the spring 2017 semester.

Dr. Livingstone will be the first female president of Baylor, the largest Baptist university in the world. She is returning to the institution where she began her academic career in 1991, first as an assistant professor then associate professor and associate dean for graduate programs—all in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business.

Dr. Livingstone came to GW in fall 2014. She presides over a school with more than 3,600 students enrolled: about 1,600 undergraduates, 1,000 MBA students and 1,050 in specialized master’s and doctoral degree programs.

“I want to thank the Board of Trustees and President Knapp for the tremendous opportunity to serve as dean of the School of Business,” she said. “It was an honor to be a part of the GW community, and I will carry it with me always.

“I would also like to thank the School of Business faculty, staff, students and alumni for an amazing experience leading such committed and passionate educators,” Dr. Livingstone said.

George Washington President Steven Knapp called Dr. Livingstone “a stellar dean and an excellent colleague.”

“I am sure that our entire GW community joins me in wishing her all success in her important new role,” Dr. Knapp said.

After arriving at GWSB, Dr. Livingstone embarked on a collaborative effort to identify and develop the school’s strategic plan. Titled “Engaging the World from the Nation’s Capital,” the plan incorporated the feedback and priorities of faculty, staff and members of the school’s board of advisors.

The plan broadly called for the GWSB to leverage its location in Washington, D.C., to enhance its global focus and encourage prosperity globally by building on the school’s significant global reputation and to serve as a catalyst for multidisciplinary opportunities across GW.

As a result, GWSB initiated new and innovative programs like the Capital Markets Certificate with the International Finance Corporation and Milken Institute; a health care master’s of business administration in partnership with the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences; 15 graduate certificate programs; a bachelor’s of business administration (BBA) curriculum requiring a minor outside of the business school; BBA concentrations in business analytics, innovation and entrepreneurship, and real estate; a bachelor’s of science in finance requiring a major outside of the business school; and more.

Under her leadership, GWSB expanded career services to enhance support for international students. With the generous support of alumni, Dr. Livingstone led the effort to improve and renovate student study and communal areas in Duques Hall.

GWSB also introduced several new research initiatives under her guidance, including the Korean Management Institute and the recruitment of top research faculty including the Avram S. Tucker Professor of Leadership and Strategy.

She oversaw the recruitment and hiring of several notable research faculty and a 24 percent increase in the number of faculty publications in top academic journals. Doctoral program funding during her tenure increased by more than 22 percent. A fund was created to support faculty presenting at top academic conferences.

Provost Forrest Maltzman said that an interim dean will be appointed, and information about a search will be forthcoming. He said Dr. Livingstone “has been a great partner and will be missed.”

“As a participant on the search committee that selected Dean Livingstone, I knew we had found the right person to move the School of Business forward,” Dr. Maltzman said.

Dr. Livingstone noted GWSB’s history of attracting leaders from academia, government and business and that those leaders’ entrepreneurial spirit, commitment to success and contributions to the global community inspired her work as dean.

“For 75 years, we’ve stood on the cutting edge of bold new ideas,” she said. “Today, that’s where you’ll find us, still creating and building for a better world.”

The Laments of a Malaysian–All that Hypocrisy

March 6, 2017

I received this article (below) from my intellectual buddy, Dr. Lim Teck Ghee. It is a piece written by another friend and fellow blogger, Hussein Hamid ,who resides in Melbourne, Australia. I admire Hussein for his frankness.

Teck Ghee was, however “not sure if you can post it”. Well, why not, my friend. The time for being politically correct is over for me. The hypocrisy and pretense make me sick. So instead of spending time monitoring the antics of Donald J. Trump today, I decided to carry this article to show that there is an ugly side of Malaysia, which no our mainstream media will carry.

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We are all know what is happening in the shaddy corners and dark recesses of Kuala Lumpur and other cities in our country.  It is time to own up to this ugly moral degeneration of our society.–Din Merican

The Laments of a Malaysian–All that Hypocrisy

by Hussein Hamid

For most of my adult life I have lived abroad longer than I have lived in Malaysia. This is not something to be proud of nor it is something I want to crow to the world – I am just stating a fact. It is so because in my life so far, I come and go as I please. There has never been anything significant in any country that has made me want to settle down for anything longer than four or five years..…until now! Melbourne is now home because all that I want in life is here. And all that I want in life is to live a life of my own choosing. Melbourne is a city that allows me to do as I please because I know nobody here and yet it is the most exciting and alive city that I have ever lived in – London, Sydney and Kuala Lumpur included.  Imagine how liberating it is to walk around Melbourne and not know anyone else but the family you love. ……but I digress.

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I started this article wanting to have my say about the hypocrisy of Malaysians who shun Western culture because it corrupts Malaysians – especially the young.

Having lived abroad for so long, I know what western culture entails and being Malaysian, I know what Malaysian culture or more exactly, what Islamic culture in Malaysia is like. Let me cut to the chase.

There are more prostitution and massage parlors in Kuala Lumpur than in the whole of Sydney, Melbourne and London put together. There are more extra marital affairs, mistresses kept by sugar daddies, businessmen, politicians and men in high public office in Malaysia than in Sydney, Melbourne and London put together too.

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Chaste Malay girls? Yes there are plenty of them around in Malaysia but so are there many unchaste Malay girls running around Kuala Lumpur and the other urban areas. All of them looking for a good time, money and rich husbands – ready to become second, third or fourth trophy wives or mistresses and girlfriends of rich Malays or be kept by expatriates and rich businessmen of any nationality – more than Chinese or Indian girls. It grieves me so to see Malays divorce their first wives of many many years with children in tow to marry young trophy wives who will trade their youth and looks for money – lots of money.

Like the proverbial Dato’s – throw a stone and more often than not you will strike a Malay girl whose idea of a good time is having high tea at a Five Star Hotel coffee house and then adjourning with her paramour for the evening to an upstairs room and there continue with her tête-à-tête with a Dato’, a Tan Sri or just anybody with enough money to make it worth her while to do as she is told. A few hours on her back will buy her all that her heart desires!

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No. I am not saying that Malay girls are loose and lack morals but it would do good if the religious authorities busy themselves with these kind of sexual activities between consenting unmarried Malays (I say consenting because when you have good money to throw after bad girls the girls will invariable consent to any activity that is requested of them). Sultans do it, Ministers do it, KSUs (Secretary-Generals) do it, Generals with any number of Stars do it – even Police Inspectors do it!

All these are going on in a nation where the religious authorities seize corpses of presumed Muslims converts from grieving non-Muslim families to give these people Muslim burials? Well, they are nothing more than grave robbers.

All this in a nation where a Muslim girl can be caned for drinking liquor but a Malay Minister is appointed envoy to Washington for his raba raba activities.

A nation that thinks it is heroic for religious authorities to raid clubs, hotels and private homes to catch consenting adults committing khalwat? And in doing so they have caused the death of people, stripped officials of their positions and even mistakenly arrested happily married couples.

Who cares if footballers are caught fornicating with actresses? What I care for is when the head of Islam in a state – the Sultan – is caught fornicating with an actress. The Sultan should lead by example. If you want to do moral policing do it first on our leaders for they, of all people, should desist from any of these “evils” that these religious hypocrites are hell-bent on preventing from happening.

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Malay leaders are the worst offenders of morality. Who can forget Rahim Thambi Chik who raped an underage Malay School girl. Shahidan Kassim who made Malay girls pregnant while he was MB and also fathered a child out-of-wedlock with a Thai lady? Our intrepid ex-Chief Justice who dared to marry another one in Thailand without asking permission from his first wife and then double dared the Judiciary by tearing the marriage certificate in the mistaken belief that he could hoodwink the same judiciary that he was later to head. The randy Razak Baginda and Altantuya?

The Sultan and his model “whatever you want to call her” girlfriend? And the Father of that Sultan who married a girl many years younger – but all done legally of course. And the many stories of Ministers and their kept girlfriends and mistresses? I can go on….but all the morality being bandied about by the religious hypocrites with the tacit agreement of UMNO leaders is just hypocrisy at its worst.

How can Beyonce and any other female entertainers from the western world morally corrupt the Sultan and the other fornicators any more than they are already corrupt morally? How will any skimpy dressed female singer from the western world hold a candle against the dangdut singers and the ‘action’ in the dangduts bars that Muslims hang out at every night of the week?

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How can going to a concert make the prostitution and the massage parlors along Bukit Bintang any worse than what they are now? Will banning any of these concerts stop corruption and cronyism already rampant in this nation of ours? Or do these fornicators want the people of Malaysia to be shielded from these evil…but aisehman, do let them carry on with their fornicating.

It is all just show. It is all just a sham to show whoever who is bothered to look that UMNO is a champion of Islamic values even as UMNO leaders are themselves mired in corruption, arrogance, cronyism and rampant sexual hijinks that would put even Lady’s Chatterley lover and Casanova to shame!

Go check the five star hotels with their half day rate room’s rentals – see who are using them? Go check the private mess dotted all over KL! Go see what Malay actresses and Malay actors are up to! Go see what some religious enforcers are doing with the Malay girls that they have caught in Massage parlors, dangduts bars for khalwat! Do this and you will see the hypocrisy of it all.

I tell you that Islam is not preventing any of the maksiat that is being committed by Muslims in Malaysia. Islam protects them because the lowly religious officials will not go after the big fish. They will  raid a hotel in Jalan Raja Laut but God forbid if they can even think about entering a five start hotel room where they know a Muslim VIP is fornicating with his mistress.

We do not have that hypocrisy in the western society that I have lived in for most of my adult life. Here consenting adults are free to do what they like in the privacy of their own rooms. Here brothels and massage parlors are licensed. Yes you are shamed if you claim to be a good family man and are caught having an affair behind your wife’s back – because you lied and you can be punished in a civil court if your wife wants a divorce. And if you have sex with an underage person the full fury of the judicial system will be unleashed upon you.

Society polices itself on morality and no religious authority – not even Islamic ones – dares to break into a room where consenting adults are doing what comes naturally for all of us – fornicating.

When will it change in Malaysia? When will we be rid of these religious authorities who tell us what we can and cannot do in the name of Islam? Not for as long as we have leaders who offend moral and legal edicts with impunity because they can. Time will put all these right because everyday more and more of our people are realizing that the power to change what they do not like rests within themselves. Yes they can ban Beyonce from performing in Malaysia but they can only do so now with accompanying protests from many of us who are people of Malaysia – Muslims and non-Muslims. And every time they do so it is another nail into their coffins…and we have enough nails in reserve to put more nails into their coffins every time they give us a reason to do so.

Until then, hypocrisy will still win the day. Until then UMNO will still rule and the religious authorities will still catch you if you eat in public during Ramadan. They will catch Muslims caught in close proximity with those to whom they are not wed.

They will continue to seize corpses of converts from grieving relatives to do (so they claim) God’s work and give these dead Muslims salvation with an Islamic burial. But in truth it is these religious enforcers who need salvation. They live in a world isolated from reality because our leaders wants to use them to give them credibility as Champions of Islams….and as long as these leaders exist so will these religious morality enforcers who are in reality nothing more than paid coolies of these politicians. I rest my case.


Get those UMNO goons out of our lives

January 31, 2017

Get those UMNO goons out of our lives

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The best message I got for 2017. Keep those UMNO goons out of our lives. They are playing the politics of race, religion and hatred. We Malaysians must not allow them to manipulate us for their personal gain, Malaysia be damned.–Din Merican

Message from George Washington University’s President Steven Knapp

January 31, 2017

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Message from GW President Steven Knapp

Dr. Knapp responds to presidential executive order on immigration restrictions.

January 30, 2017

Every year we bring students from around the world to The George Washington University so they can enrich the intellectual life of our campuses and acquire the knowledge and skills that will enable them to build their communities when they return home. They are a vital part of what it means to be a great university in the world we share, and our commitment to their educational and personal welfare is a core value of our institution.

Whatever its intent may be, the presidential executive order banning citizens of seven countries from entering the United States directly threatens the well-being of students as well as of faculty and staff members who come from the affected countries. We are therefore taking the following steps in response to this order.

Currently, the GW International Services Office, the Office of General Counsel and the External Relations division are working to understand exactly how the executive order will affect our students, faculty and staff and for how long. The situation continues to evolve, and there are many questions we cannot answer today. We can say, however, that travel outside the United States for some members of our community is now very risky and may remain so for the foreseeable future. There is the possibility that individuals from the listed countries, including not only foreign nationals on student or scholar non-immigrant visas but also dual citizens and possibly permanent residents (green card holders), will not be readmitted, even if they currently hold a valid visa.

I want to assure you that we will do all we can to obtain answers to your questions and to support the members of our community who are affected by the order. We have invited all affected students whose visas are sponsored by GW to an informational session this Friday.  We encourage others who are affected to contact the International Services Office to be included in this event and future communications on this topic.

We are working with other universities and with professional associations to keep up to date on a rapidly changing situation. Meanwhile, in keeping with the statement of principles we issued on December 9, 2016, the university will safeguard student records and provide legal and counseling services to all who need them. Students, faculty members and staff will not be questioned, held or arrested by the George Washington University Police Department (GWPD) on the basis of immigration status alone. University police officers will not participate in joint immigration enforcement efforts with other law enforcement officials unless required by law.

In recent weeks, I have urged GW students and all members of our community to continue to respect our differences, maintain civility and celebrate our diversity.  Now I am asking also that we offer our support and friendship to our international students, faculty members and staff who are rightly concerned about their and their families’ future in a nation that, in its proudest moments, has opened its doors to the hopes and aspirations of all people.